Hi ladies! I have recently embarked on a rather interesting journey, and I have sparked the curiosity of a few fellow beauty junkies on Twitter so I figured out, why not dedicate a whole series to this experience? So, let's start by the beginning - you may be wondering, what the heck is No 'Poo? Basically, No 'Poo is a method of washing your hair without shampoo. There are a few ways to do this, but in this series, I will talk only about the most popular, which is using baking soda and a vinegar (although I will skip the vinegar but more on that later in this post).
Most of us realize that washing our hair everyday is bad, but, as for showering with chemical products every day,
The difference with traditional shampoos and baking soda is that baking soda is not a detergent, so the sebum your scalp produces doesn’t get stripped away, and your scalp will produce less oil since it will be in balance again. You will be able to go at least a week (and even more!) before having to wash your hair again, and most of the time, you will only need water - yes, water!
Personally, when I was younger (around 13 or 14 years old, probably), I made the mistake of believing a friend who told me you had to wash your hair every single day in order for it to be really clean, which is why I have been struggling with oily hair that required daily shampooing since then. More recently, thanks to dry shampoos, I have been able to space washes for up to three or four days, but honestly, I am tired of having to worry about how my hair will look like the morning after - and let's face it, dry shampoos are not exactly cheap - which is why I am embarking on this journey.
There are tons of other benefits to No 'Poo:
- Certain chemicals in shampoo, especially foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate, can irritate your scalp and hair, as well as the skin that your hair touches
- Your hair will be less oily and it will require less washings, it will look healthier, it will have more body and less frizz and fly-aways, it will be shinier, and it will be easier to style
- If you dye your hair, your color will last longer and it will be more brilliant since baking soda won't strip away the color as much as store-bought shampoos
- Less money wasted on chemical products (No 'Poo only requires baking soda and vinegar!)
- You may even notice new hair growth because your scalp will be healthier since it will be no longer clogged with oil and debris!
- You are doing something good for the environment since you are no longer buying wasteful plastic packagings, and no harmful ingredients get washed down the drain whenever you wash your hair, polluting the lakes, rivers and oceans.
As I said earlier, the most popular method is to simply wash your hair how and when you would normally do it, but swap shampoo for baking soda. You could either make a paste with the baking soda in by mixing a small quantity with water in the palm of your hand, but I personally prefer to prepare a solution of baking soda and water. The most recommended amount is 1 tbsp of baking soda for 1 cup of water, but the amount of baking soda that works for you really depends on your hair. If your hair is oily, you will want to use more baking soda, and for dry hair, use less. Store the mixture in a squeezable bottle for ease of use.
In the shower, wet hair and shake very well before applying the baking soda solution to the roots of your hair only and rub in a circular motion all around, focusing on the scalp, not the rest of your hair. This is optional but I like to let the baking soda sit on my hair for a minute or while I do the rest of my shower routine. Be sure to rinse very well, because white and itchy residues of baking soda is never cute.
The next recommended step is to replace traditional conditioner with a vinegar rinse in order to replace your hair's ph level and infuse some moisture - without the acidic effect to balance the harsh alkaline of the baking soda, the hair and scalp might become brittle and dry - but since the main reason why I am going No 'Poo is to re-balance my scalp and protect my hair color, I will still be using store bought conditioners for now until I run out since vinegar will strip the color. I will then try to rely on coconut oil or any other natural products.
There are no specific guidelines on how to No 'Poo, but my plan is to wash with baking soda for a week or more until I am used to do so, then try to stretch it by a day, and then another, and another, until I am satisfied with the length of time I can go without washing my hair. My ultimate goal would be to wash my hair only with water one day, but you could also just use baking soda to wash your hair whenever you want since it is cheap, healthy and free of all those nasty chemicals.
I am really excited to share my progress with you and please let me know if you are jumping on the bandwagon too, I would be curious to know how it goes!